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MA printer expands book production with Xeikon 8000

Jan 20, 2011 12:00 AM

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Xeikon announces Bradford & Bigelow Inc. has improved the productivity and efficiency of its short-run book printing operations with the use of a Xeikon 8000 digital press. The MA-based firm, which specializes the K-12 and college textbook market, has transformed its business model from a conventional book printer to a complete supply chain provider over the last several years. Its supply chain service platform includes a Digital Book Factory, full prepress capabilities, a highly automated bindery, custom publishing, warehousing and fulfillment for clients.

Peter Doyle, vice president of manufacturing at Bradford & Bigelow, says the Xeikon 8000 has provided them unique competitive advantages due to its web width of 20.2 inches and no restrictions on the length of the printed image, extremely high print speeds, 1200 dpi imaging quality and CPSIA-compliant toners. As a result, Bradford & Bigelow is meeting and exceeding its client expectations in terms of reducing their outdated and unsold book inventory, and still fulfilling back orders quickly.

“The trend in this industry is that publishers want to print in smaller, safer quantities,” says Doyle. “The inventory level of books is kept much lower than past years, therefore reorders are more frequent. Traditional offset presses cannot produce the low quantities cost effectively or produce the books in the turnaround time required by the publisher. The Xeikon 8000 offers us more efficiency in our print and bind platform for these lower quantity reorders.”

The Xeikon 8000 has been designed with speed and productivity in mind. Web-fed, it prints full color multi- page documents with exceptional uptimes, enabling duty cycles of up to 10 million pages per month.

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